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Dalkey Island's Heritage and Wildlife - A Photo Essay

July 21, 2021 - It was a bright sunny first Sunday of July 2021 when I went to Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin - a magical offshore island onl...
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Strawberry Moon on the Front Pages!

June 18, 2019 - It was great to wake up today to see my “Strawberry Moon” – the midsummer full moon - on the front pages of the Irish Ti...
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EIRE sign at St. John's Point Lighthouse in Donegal and D-Day

June 06, 2019 - As today is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day in 1944, I remembered some of my recent shot...
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Darkness into Light - comparing the Huawei P20Pro and a DSLR

May 11, 2019 - I was up early this morning for the annual Darkness Into Light walk at 4.15am in Kilgobbet Park between Cabinteely, Ball...
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Bray Air Display 2018 - People, Place . . . and Wildlife??

July 31, 2018 - I previously shot the Bray Air Display in 2010 and 2016 and I’ve blogged about those shots here, here and here - as well...
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How (Not?) to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse – Dublin September 2015

July 27, 2018 - Early this week, the Dublin weather forecast for this evening’s lunar eclipse on 27 July 2018 looked promising and I was...
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Poolbeg Jogger

May 12, 2018 - I’m delighted to have had two of my favourite types of shots published in The Times (Ireland Edition) this month. The fi...
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New Year Supermoon or Wolf Moon over Roches Point in Cork Harbour

January 04, 2018 - I was back in my old hometown of Cork for a few days over the New Year and despite the stormy weather of the past week o...
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Best 2017 Moonshots

December 30, 2017 - Updated 17 January 2018: I've added shots at the end of the Irish Examiner press cutting of the Hunters Moon shot along...
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Gales, Storms and Hurricanes of 2017

December 29, 2017 - Continuing with my look back of the past year, here are some of my favourite storm shots. The first is from the Great So...
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Fave Christmas 2016 Swim Composites at the Forty Foot

December 26, 2017 - Continuing with my look back over the last year, here are my favourite composites (#2-5) from the 2016 Christmas Swim at...
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Memorial for Loss of Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Crew on Christmas Eve 1895

December 25, 2017 - I'm taking a break from my 2017 look back to show the best of my shots from yesterday at the annual memorial for the los...
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If Horses Could Fly in my Best of 2017 Series

December 24, 2017 - Continuing with my Best of 2017 series. I do a lot of fashion and social photography at racecourses but I like to think...
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The Blaskets from Dunmore Head

December 23, 2017 - Today's image from my best of the year series is a failed moon shot from west Kerry, where we took the family holiday in...
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Crookhaven by Moonlight

December 21, 2017 - Starting with my update on the 2016 Winter Solstice yesterday, I'll be posting most days until early in 2018 with some o...
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Winter Solstice at Newgrange - updated

December 20, 2017 - Last year I made two magical visits to Newgrange in brilliant sunshine for the winter solstice on 18 and 22 December. I...
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Shankill Smartphoneography

October 28, 2017 - Friday was a fab late autumn day in Shankill but I was running around doing bits and pieces with no time for shooting...
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Red-throated Pipit on Mizen Head - a good shot of an elusive bird

October 14, 2017 - I’m taking a weekend birding and shooting around Crookhaven and Mizen Head in Co. Cork and I was lucky enough to get a g...
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SCAN Photography Series

October 01, 2017 - UPDATE 6 November 2017:- I've now completed the third article - this deals with editing your shots on your phone and pro...
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Another Day - Another "Storm"

February 26, 2017 - Storm Doris was probably still blowing somewhere over Europe when news of her successor, Ewan started popping up in my f...
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Crescent Moon over The Muglins - Calm After Storm Doris

February 24, 2017 - After the drama of yesterday's Storm Doris, I was out early again this morning to capture the waning crescent Moon risin...
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Clearing Up Storm Doris Damage in Shankill & Bray

February 23, 2017 - It was a bit fresh early this morning as Storm Doris passed over Dublin so I headed into Dun Laoghaire hoping to get som...
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Horse Racing at Tinahely Point to Point

February 20, 2017 - Yesterday, Offshoot camera club went to a Point-to-Point in Tinahely in beautiful south Co. Wicklow. It was run by the B...
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Save Bulloch Harbour!

February 06, 2017 - Bulloch (or Bullock) Harbour between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey is one of my favourite shooting locations so I'm upset by...
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Gale at The Great South Wall in Poolbeg, in Co. Dublin

February 02, 2017 - It was a bit wild at the Great South Wall in Poolbeg in Co. Dublin during the southeasterly gale and 4.0m high tide this...
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Shooting the KBC Wedfest in The Chocolate Factory

January 27, 2017 - On Sun 22 January I was asked by Green Shoes Events to shoot the KBC Wedfest 2017 – Ireland’s biggest alternative weddin...
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Plunge Pics at Dublin's Christmas Swim & How I Shot Them

December 30, 2016 - As well as shooting the Goal Mile in Shanganagh Park on Christmas morning, I also went into to the Forty Foot in Sandyco...
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DONATE to Goal Mile in Shanganagh Park

December 27, 2016 - One of Ireland’s best known Christmas charity events, the Goal Mile, was in Shanganagh Park in Shankill this Christmas D...
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Stunning Winter Solstice at Newgrange

December 21, 2016 - 19 December 2017: Updated with additional pictures from my second visit to Newgrange on 22 December 2016 and minor edits...
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Red Sky at Whiterock

December 16, 2016 - Landscape shots available here. Last Sunday morning, I got out for my first landscape shoot in a while and I decided to...
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Surfing the DART at Seapoint

November 22, 2016 - I’ve done a bit of daylight storm chasing in Co. Clare, here and here – and around my local patch in Dun Laoghaire. Howe...
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Architectural Interiors at the Freemason's Hall in Dublin

November 19, 2016 - Recently, Offshoot’s got access to the Freemasons’ Hall in Molesworth Street in Dublin city centre. The building dates f...
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Winter Fashion at Navan Races – Nothing Else Like It!

November 11, 2016 - I’m delighted to be asked by Navan Racecourse to shoot their upcoming Ladies Day on Sunday November 27 th. As Horse Raci...
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Birding in Barleycove

November 05, 2016 - I was in Cork recently when news broke of a Red-flanked Bluetail on Mizen Head. This Eurasian Taiga relative of the Robi...
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A Rock of a Man at Bulloch Harbour

September 09, 2016 - Contact me for prints. A dusk shot taken on Offshoot's last summer meeting on 29 August - the topic was silhouettes a...
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Vintage Fashion & Motors Shoot at Shanganagh Castle

August 24, 2016 - Contact me for debs, grads or any other events shots. More pictures from this shoot here. A while ago, I wanted to “p...
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Spectacular Sunset over Bishopstown

August 10, 2016 - Spectacular " mackerel sky " at sunset over Bishopstown tonight. I took this handheld panorama with my Panasonic LF1 poc...
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Young Cuckoos, Poisonous Moths & Arctic Explorers

July 31, 2016 - UPDATE 2 AUG - lots of info on how Cuckoos can eat toxic moths on Brian Carruthers excellent video clip of the Newcastle...
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Bray Air Display Day 2 - Another 100 Shots

July 27, 2016 - I was very pleased with my shots on the first day of the Bray Air Display - and they generated lots of interest here on...
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100 Shots - Day 1 Bray Air Display - Updated

July 24, 2016 - Yesterday, I posted some tips for shooting the Bray Air Display based on my experience from the 2010 Display and the 201...
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Tips for Shooting the Bray Airshow

July 23, 2016 - Shooting Bray Air Show With the Bray Air Display on this weekend, I blogged about the best of my shots from Dublin’s Fl...
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Dublin's 2013 Flightfest

July 22, 2016 - I’m planning to get to the Bray Air Display this weekend for the first time since 2010, so I decided to finally finish e...
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Sunset at Seapoint after Showers

July 20, 2016 - On Monday 11th June, Offshoot had its second summer outdoor meeting at the Martello Tower at Seapoint, led by Matt O’Bri...
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If you go down in the woods today . . . . !!

July 09, 2016 - One evening recently, I was minding my own business taking a quiet walk through a wooded corner of Killiney Hill until I...
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People at Cuala Mini-All-Ireland

July 06, 2016 - I've previously posted the best of my shots from the Cuala Mini-All-Ireland parade and players - and here's the final po...
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People, Punters, Parties, Ponies, Bookies and Jockeys

June 21, 2016 - I recently blogged here & here about my fashion shots from the Summer Ladies day at Navan Racecourse. While the Ladies'...
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Flickr Nostaligia

June 15, 2016 - Flickr was perhaps THE photo app of the noughties - and between 2010 and 2012 my shots regularly appeared in the Explore...
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Racing Fashion at Navan Racecourse

June 14, 2016 - It was great to be asked back again by the team at Navan Racecourse to photograph their summer Ladies Day – A Legacy of...
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Easter 1916 Centenary

March 28, 2016 - We headed into town yesterday to catch the Defence and Emergency Services parade to commemorate the 1916 Rising. I got t...
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Fashionable Shades of Green

March 25, 2016 - Recently, Maureen of The Hummingbird Rooms who I had previously met at the Vintage Fair, asked me to do a fashion shoot...
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Northern Lights Arcing over Dublin Bay

March 06, 2016 - I wrote a while back of my Aurora adventure in Co. Louth and since then I wondered if it would be possible to see the No...
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Pictures Are All We Have

February 25, 2016 - Words Are All We Have - Samuel Beckett. Here's two shots of this month's full Moon setting over Dublin's Docklands duri...
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Landscapes & Birds in Cork

January 25, 2016 - I was in Cork for the weekend, and with a full Moon early on Sunday, I was looking forward to trying some lunar Leeside...
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Dichotomy on Dawson Street

January 21, 2016 - I was walking along Dawson Street in Dublin one night recently with herself after a concert when we came on this somewha...
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Glaucous-winged Gull in Castletownbere in West Cork

January 03, 2016 - Yesterday afternoon we had the astonishing news of Abi Brewer’s and Ciaran Cronin’s Brown Booby in Owenahincha - within...
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My First Aurora Borealis

December 21, 2015 - At dinner time last night, tweet notifications starting coming thick and fast from Aurora Alert Ireland about Northern L...
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First Twitchable American Bittern in West Cork

November 27, 2015 - UPDATE: In my original post I stated that I believed the American Bittern was an adult but subsequently, there was discu...
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Vintage Irene in the Irish Examiner

November 09, 2015 - The autumn Vintage Fair is coming up on Sunday week on 22 November at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire - and it f...
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Minty!

October 19, 2015 - Just a quick post prompted by a Facebook memory from October 2012. I was picnicking with the kids at Dublin Zoo when thi...
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Out All Day Birdwatching

September 27, 2015 - Out All Day Birdwatching - from Coney Island by Van Morrison UPDATE Nov 2016: I just came across this anonymous article...
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Sabrina's Makeover & Shoot

May 26, 2015 - Vintage Ireland organized a prize for readers of Her.ie for the recent Fashion and Decor Fair - an overnight stay for tw...
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When Style Goes Racing Met John Coveney Photography at Punchestown Ladies Day

May 06, 2015 - On Friday 1st May at Ladies Day in Punchestown, I worked with fashion blogger Elaine Bury of Style Goes Racing. The brie...
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People & Fashion at the Spring 2015 Vintage Fair

April 30, 2015 - Last Sunday, I was again commissioned by Vintage Ireland to shoot at the Spring 2015 Vintage Fashion and D ecor Fair at...
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Vintage Racing Fashion in Irish Independent Weekend Magazine

April 25, 2015 - The Vintage Racing Fashion Shoot is in the Irish Indpendent's Weekend Magazine today! See lots more from the shoot here.
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Vintage Race Day Fashion Shoot

April 24, 2015 - A fashion shoot I was commissioned to do a few weeks back to promote the Vintage Fashion & Decor Fair that is taking pla...
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First Flutterby of the Year!

March 23, 2015 - I was in Cabinteely Park yesterday with the gang and I sneaked off for a look at the woods behind the big house. A butte...
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Solar Eclipse in Shankill

March 20, 2015 - The clouds over Shankill were just thick enough to allow me see the eclipse comfortably without eye protection - probabl...
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Patrick's Day Portraits in Dublin

March 17, 2015 - St. Patricks Day is a great opportunity to get street portraits - either in the parade or in the happy crowds for a whil...
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

March 16, 2015 - For the day that's in it - the March page from the St. Anne's Calendar that I shot last autumn - click on the pic to rea...
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Conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Mars Over Shankill

February 22, 2015 - Herself arrived home with the shopping last Friday evening and said I should get out and look at the sky. She was right,...
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Black Guillemots Contre-Jour

February 07, 2015 - Oops - updated on 10 Feb because I left out the last shot! Photographing seabirds often involves trips to offshore isla...
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Harvest Moon at the Rock of Dunamase

August 10, 2014 - I haven’t blogged in while due to disgracefully letting life getting in the way of photography! But I have done a few sh...
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Get your own nuts!!

March 07, 2014 - Offshoot had an outing to Altamont Gardens in Co Carlow for their snowdrop week last month - I didn't get any snowdrop s...
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Faces of Dublin's Chinese New Year

February 05, 2014 - I went into Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre with the family last Sunday to see the Chinese New Year festival and the sl...
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Safe Harbour

February 01, 2014 - I was out and about north of the Liffey today but with limited time for photography except for a quick visit to Howth Ha...
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A Perfect Idea of Freedom and Flight

January 28, 2014 - UPDATE 3 Feb: Shot published in the Cork Examiner on 1 Feb 2013 Followers of my Facebook ramblings will know that I w...
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High Tides at Poolbeg

January 06, 2014 - The Great South Wall at Poolbeg is one of my favourite shoot locations as you can see from this set of previous work on...
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Happy Christmas

December 24, 2013 - This shot was taken three years ago this evening towards the end of the big snow of December 2010. As it was forecast to...
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